Spice up your resume with personality

As more and more employers are using video interviews to recruit talent, candidates are offered the opportunity to not only promote their hard-skills but also their soft-skills! Employers are increasingly looking at personality and cultural match as an indicator of future performance. The reality is that yesterday’s skills (that’s what you tend to put on a resume) or even today’s skills may not be relevant anymore tomorrow in our fast-changing world. So what are employers looking for in candidates these days? In this blog we give you some useful information to spice up your interview with your personality! 

According to the Careerbuilder survey of 2014 (click here for the full report), a vast majority of employers (77%) believe that soft-skills are just as, or sometimes even more, important then hard-skills. Video makes it possible to not only ‘advertise’ the hard-skills that are necessary to perform in a specific job, but also allow you to present your personality, which would not be possible in a traditional resume-only process. It may very well be your personality that makes the difference between being #1 in the selection or #2 (and not getting the job). So what are the most-valued soft-skills that recruiters and hiring managers look for when hiring?

 The Careerbuilder survey listed these:

1) Candidate has a strong work ethic

2) Candidate is dependable

3) Candidate has a positive attitude

4) Candidate is self-motivated

5) Candidate is team-oriented

6) Candidate is organized, can manage multiple priorities

7) Candidate works well under pressure

8) Candidate is an effective communicator

9) Candidate is flexible

10) Candidate is confident

According to Rosemary Haefner, vice president of human resources at CareerBuilder: “When companies are assessing job candidates, they’re looking for the best of both worlds — someone who is not only proficient in a particular function, but also has the right personality. Along with responsibilities, it’s important to highlight soft skills that can give employers an idea of how quickly you can adapt and solve problems, whether you can be relied on to follow through and how effectively you can lead and motivate others”.

Many of the above-mentioned soft-skills can be easily translated in how you present yourself and your ability to do some storytelling on your professional background. Confidence, positive attitude, communication and motivation should not only be reflected in the content of your personal story, but also in the way you come across (your non-verbal communication). So when you are invited for an online video interview, use that opportunity to present your personal brand to your full advantage! Don’t be afraid to put yourself out there and show your interviewer why your personality would be the perfect fit the job and company culture. Keep the top ten soft-skills above in mind and be the best ‘you’ that you can be.

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